In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative and consistent with a key cooperative principle, Concern for Community, IWDC’s Member Owners and Vendor Partners topped their fund drive goal during their May Sales & Purchasing Convention.

The cooperative raised $20,000 for the Wish For Our Heroes (WFOH) Foundation.

The convention’s 500+ attendees, representing many of the best independent welding distributors and industry vendors, gathered to conduct business, network, train, and learn from each other. Raffles and donations in the form of purchased ‘WFOH bonds’ were mixed in during the three day racing themed event.

“We set a goal early on to raise $20,000 for the Wish For Our Heroes (WFOH) Foundation and are very pleased to announce we collected $20,860.75 for this noble cause, states Ed Holmes, IWDC’s Vice-President of Hardgoods Marketing & Supply Chain.

The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation, a national charity headquartered in Noblesville, Indiana, was established in 2009 as a non-profit foundation whose sole purpose is to grant wishes for Active-Duty military soldiers and their families.



The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) is a cooperative, formed in 1994, which leverages the strengths of its independent welding distributor members across North America.

IWDC’s 140 member companies collectively represent over $2.2bn in sales, serving a wide range of industries. The common denominator is that these industries look to them for industrial, specialty, and medical gases as well as related equipment, hardgoods, and consumables.

End-use customers served by IWDC Members benefit from having the unparalleled expertise of a local Member distributor who has access to national-scale purchasing and marketing programmes.